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May 15: New student art gallery opens in Whitaker Campus Center

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

FREDERICK, Md.—A reception to mark the opening of a new student art gallery and to pay tribute to the supporting donors will be held Sunday, May 20 from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Whitaker Campus Center at Hood College.

Two Hood College alumni—Jane Murdock Dunsmore, class of 1989, and Audrey Heyman Rooney, class of 60—and four Frederick community members—Clare Kenner Hill, Elizabeth Holm, Barbara Maghan and Carol R. Silkwood—donated funds to support the transformation of the second floor of the Whitaker Commons Room into a student gallery. George Sexton of George Sexton Associates provided the gallery lighting design.

"Coralations Evolving," by Evgenia-Vallentina D. Rementelas, is the gallery's inaugural exhibition. Sculptural and functional artwork, depicting coral imagery in stoneware and porcelain, comprise the exhibit, which will be on display through June 10.

"Coralations Evolving" explores the interconnections and relationships within human and coral communities. Reflecting on her personal growth and development—from a child in Greece to an adult in America—she uses coral-like forms to illustrate the importance of a supportive community of family and friends and the sanctuaries close relationships provide.

Rementelas completed her graduate certificate in ceramic arts in 2009 and will earn her master of fine arts degree in ceramic arts in May.

The gallery is open from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. daily.

For more information, contact Joyce Michaud, director of the graduate program in ceramic arts, at, or Ryan Browning, curator, at